Countries that drink the most alcohol – ranked

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A global ranking of countries that drink the most alcohol, measured by alcohol consumption per capita, using the latest available data from the World Bank.

map of all countries that drink the most alcohol
Mapped: the countries that drink the most alcohol (Our World in Data)

Historically, alcohol has played an important role in many societies around the world. Social drinking and moderate alcohol consumption is a pleasurable pastime for many.

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However, the countries that drink the most alcohol, can suffer from more alcohol-related health issues and societal issues.

“Excessive alcohol consumption is linked to a number of negative outcomes: as a risk factor for diseases and health impacts; crime; road incidents; and for some, alcohol dependence. Globally alcohol consumption causes 2.8 million premature deaths per year.”

Hannah Ritchie & Max Roser , OurWorldInData.org.

The annual global average alcohol consumption is 6.4 litres per person. A person is defined as 15 years or older. The latest available data is from 2016.

To account for the variation in alcohol content of different alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, spirits), it is reported in litres of pure alcohol per year.

To make the 6.4-litre average more relatable we can express it in bottles of wine. Wine contains around 12% of pure alcohol per volume2. Therefore, one litre of wine contains 0.12 litres of pure alcohol.

The global average of 6.4 litres of pure alcohol per person per year, essentially equates to 53 bottles of wine per person – or around 1 litre of wine per week.

10 smallest & biggest drinkers

These are the 10 countries that consume the least and most alcohol. In some countries, alcohol consumption is close to zero (presented as zero once rounding has taken place).

At the other end of the scale, alcohol intake is highest at over 15 litres per person per year in Moldova and Lithuania. This equates to around two bottles of wine per person per week.

Biggest drinkers

  1. Moldova
  2. Lithuania
  3. Czechia
  4. Germany
  5. Nigeria
  6. Ireland
  7. Luxembourg
  8. Latvia
  9. Bulgaria
  10. France

Regional variations

The World Bank also supplies data in a number of geographical and political regions. Alcohol consumption across North Africa and the Middle East is particularly low.

Europe consumes the most alcohol per capita, particularly Central and Eastern European countries. Only slightly behind are Western European countries. There are, of course, countries that buck the trend. Nigeria in fifth place, is the highest-ranked non-European nation, consuming 13.4 litres of alcohol per person a year.

  • Central Europe and the Baltics: 12.16 litres
  • European Union: 11.31
  • Euro area: 11.17
  • Europe & Central Asia: 9.87
  • North America: 9.71
  • Latin America & Caribbean: 6.92
  • East Asia & Pacific: 6.55
  • World: 6.38
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: 6.24
  • Caribbean small states: 6.00
  • South Asia: 4.46
  • Middle East & North Africa: 0.80
  • Arab World: 0.61

Countries that drink the most alcohol – complete ranking

The table below ranks the world’s countries by their alcohol consumption per person.

Some countries may have been omitted due to insufficient data.

RankCountryLitres
1Moldova15.2
2Lithuania15.0
3Czech Rep.14.4
4Germany13.4
5Nigeria13.4
6Ireland13.0
7Luxembourg13.0
8Latvia12.9
9Bulgaria12.7
10France12.6
11Romania12.6
12Slovenia12.6
13Portugal12.3
14Belgium12.1
15Seychelles12.0
16Russia11.7
17Austria11.6
18Estonia11.6
19Poland11.6
20Switzerland11.5
21Gabon11.5
22Slovakia11.5
23UK11.4
24Hungary11.4
25Andorra11.3
26Equatorial Guinea11.3
27Belarus11.2
28Serbia11.1
29Cyprus10.8
30Uruguay10.8
31Finland10.7
32New Zealand10.7
33Australia10.6
34Denmark10.4
35Greece10.4
36Laos10.4
37South Korea10.2
38Spain10.0
39St. Lucia9.9
40Eswatini9.9
41Argentina9.8
42Georgia9.8
43Namibia9.8
44USA9.8
45Barbados9.6
46Uganda9.5
47St. Kitts & Nevis9.4
48Tanzania9.4
49Chile9.3
50Grenada9.3
51South Africa9.3
52Sweden9.2
53Iceland9.1
54Rwanda9.0
55Canada8.9
56Cameroon8.9
57Croatia8.9
58Netherlands8.7
59Ukraine8.6
60Botswana8.4
61Ivory Coast8.4
62Trinidad & Tobago8.4
63Thailand8.3
64Vietnam8.3
65Burkina Faso8.2
66Dominica8.2
67St. Vincent & Gren.8.2
68North Macedonia8.1
69Malta8.1
70Japan8.0
71Montenegro8.0
72Panama7.9
73Brazil7.8
74Congo7.8
75Kazakhstan7.7
76Albania7.5
77Burundi7.5
78Italy7.5
79Norway7.5
80Mongolia7.4
81China7.2
82Paraguay7.2
83Antigua & Barbuda7.0
84Dominican Rep.6.9
85Sao Tome & Principe6.8
86Belize6.7
87Cambodia6.7
88Philippines6.6
89Mexico6.5
90Angola6.4
91Bosnia & Herz.6.4
92Guyana6.3
93Peru6.3
94Kyrgyzstan6.2
95Cuba6.1
96Nauru6.0
97Colombia5.8
98Haiti5.8
99Liberia5.8
100Cape Verde5.7
101India5.7
102Sierra Leone5.7
103Venezuela5.6
104Armenia5.5
105Turkmenistan5.4
106Nicaragua5.2
107Suriname5.1
108Lesotho5.0
109Bolivia4.8
110Costa Rica4.8
111Guinea-Bissau4.8
112Myanmar4.8
113Zambia4.8
114Zimbabwe4.8
115Bahamas4.4
116Ecuador4.4
117Sri Lanka4.3
118Jamaica4.2
119Honduras4.0
120North Korea3.9
121UAE3.8
122Gambia3.8
123Israel3.8
124Malawi3.7
125El Salvador3.7
126Mauritius3.6
127Kenya3.4
128Central African Rep.3.3
129Tajikistan3.3
130Togo3.1
131Benin3.0
132Fiji3.0
133Ethiopia2.8
134Ghana2.7
135Maldives2.7
136Uzbekistan2.7
137DR Congo2.6
138Micronesia2.5
139Samoa2.5
140Guatemala2.4
141Mozambique2.4
142Timor2.1
143Nepal2.0
144Qatar2.0
145Singapore2.0
146Turkey2.0
147Bahrain1.9
148Madagascar1.9
149Tunisia1.9
150Tuvalu1.7
151Lebanon1.5
152Chad1.5
153Tonga1.5
154Solomon Islands1.4
155Eritrea1.3
156Guinea1.3
157Mali1.3
158Papua New Guinea1.2
159Iran1.0
160Vanuatu1.0
161Comoros0.9
162Algeria0.9
163Malaysia0.9
164Azerbaijan0.8
165Indonesia0.8
166Oman0.8
167Jordan0.7
168Senegal0.7
169Bhutan0.6
170Morocco0.6
171Djibouti0.5
172Niger0.5
173Sudan0.5
174Brunei0.4
175Egypt0.4
176Iraq0.4
177Kiribati0.4
178Pakistan0.3
179Syria0.3
180Afghanistan0.2
181Saudi Arabia0.2
182Yemen0.1
183Bangladesh0.0
184Kuwait0.0
185Libya0.0
186Mauritania0.0
187Somalia0.0

Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators and Our World in Data